See you later, Puerto Rico: An Unexpected Visit
This trip has given me the necessary energy to continue getting into writing from different areas.
A few hours ago I arrived home after a week full of surprises, adventures, but above all, a lot of love. I told my girlfriend that now I understood what she feels when she revisits the island, everyone makes you feel like you never left. So, in this writing, I will tell a little bit about this past journey.
A month before traveling, we decided to buy the tickets and I only let my closest friends on the island know. I didn't tell anyone in my family for two reasons. The main one was that I wanted to surprise them and the second was in case it turned out that I had not been able to travel due to bad luck, thus avoiding breaking an illusion.
In our culture, the sense of family unity weighs heavily. Sometimes it can be what ties you up and doesn't let you progress in your life, but in my case, they are that energy that motivates me to continue. The reaction of everyone who saw me, but especially mami and my two younger sisters, was a genuine emotion that carried a lot of love. Each tear next to the “What are you doing here?” while they hugged me they let me feel how welcome I was at home.
While returning to the island itself, this time as a visitor, felt different. A perspective where you don't go to the ordinary day-to-day rhythm, but rather far from the reality of the island. Going to different beaches, visiting here and there, not looking at the clock, not thinking about the day, eating and eating and eating. Something that I would not have been able to do because “Tomorrow I work”, for example. The reason for which I reiterate is that Puerto Rico is beautiful, just like its people; we have only been cursed by those who have “led” us for decades.
To be honest, I didn't plan to visit the island in a long time, but I'm glad I did. Although I feel tired because we never stop doing things or socializing with friends and family, my mind feels fresh to continue with this new phase. It took nine months of adaptation to the new destination, but another soon arrives and this stop was necessary to recharge and continue.
The changes will not stop being present in the home that we are creating and touching our land again, listening to our loved ones closely, feeling their hugs, laughing at the jokes that we only know because we are from there, and witnessing how they receive us with arms open, it is a perfect excuse to arrive by surprise and say: “I arrived”.
If you are reading this while away from your family, friends, in short, loved ones, keep in mind that no matter how far away you are, you will always be loved. Distance is not an acceptable excuse to break ties, especially in this era. It can go a long time without seeing or speaking, but when you are a good person and live grateful, when you reconnect it seems as if you never lost communication or, even better, as if you had never left.
I want to thank our families and friends who made us feel welcome. Likewise, those people that we couldn't see, but were happy that we were on the island having a good time. See you soon, Puerto Rico. We all want to return, that is our reality from the distance.
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